Slow but sweet start for strawberries and most other NH summer crops
A cross the state, early summer berry crops are running behind schedule, meaning folks might have to wait slightly longer for their strawberry shortcakes and blueberry pies.
';Everything is coming in late this year,'; said Maureen Duffy, spokesman for the New Hampshire Farm Bureau. ';This past winter was pretty rough on everyone, especially the farmers.';
“We had to prune a lot more,” Hardy said, “which is more of a maintenance issue than a production issue.”
As one of the area’s larger organic farms, Brookdale Farm uses state-of-the art technology. A 70-foot portable greenhouse can be moved around the fields to promote plant growth in the areas that need it most, while irrigation lines target crops in need of more immediate watering.
With fluctuating temperatures throughout winter and spring, some of the berry bushes at Saltbox Farm were still blooming this month, unusual for this late in the spring.
At Sunnycrest Farms in Londonderry, the spring rains have been a wonderful thing for this year’s strawberries.
The farm’s pick-your-own stands will be open for business later this week, somewhat later in the season than usual but well worth the wait, Hicks said.
“The weather definitely affected our veggies,” Hicks said. “We’re just starting to pick our lettuce right now, which is unusual this time of year.”
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” she said.